Legal Language Services ranks Alabama as a state with moderately regulated legal interpreting requirements.

Requirements for Certified Interpreters in Alabama

Alabama does not require certified interpreters for any legal proceeding. However, Alabama’s Administrative Office of Courts (AOC) periodically offers exams, both written and oral, for certification based on the guidelines of the Consortium for State Court Interpreter Certification.

Classification of Interpreters in Alabama

The Alabama Administrative Office of Courts defines legal interpreters in the following ways:

  • Certified Master Level Interpreter: An interpreter who has scored a minimum of 80 percent on a four-part oral exam, and scored a minimum 80 percent on the sight translation exam..
  • Certified Interpreter: An interpreter who has scored a minimum of 70 percent on a four-part oral exam, and scored a minimum 65 percent on the sight translation exam.
  • Journeyman Interpreter: An interpreter who has scored a minimum of 60 percent on a four-part oral exam, and scored a minimum 55 percent on the sight translation exam.

Common Languages Spoken in Alabama

According to a recent American Community Survey, approximately 4.95% of the Alabama population speaks a language other than English.

What’s more, more than 86% of the non-English speaking population in Alabama speaks one of the following 10 languages:

  • Spanish
  • German
  • French
  • Korean
  • Vietnamese
  • Chinese
  • Arabic
  • Japanese
  • Hindi
  • Tagalog

Other languages spoken in Alabama include Italian, Persian, Telugu, Russian, Hmong, Mandarin,* Portuguese, Gujarathi, Kru/Ibo/Yoruba, Turkish, Laotian, Greek, India, Urdu, Swahili, Bengali, Mon-Khmer/Cambodian, Dutch, Hebrew, and South/Central American Indian.

*This table was created based on respondents’ written answers, the majority of whom wrote “Chinese” while others specified “Mandarin.”

Judicial Districts in Alabama

There are 41 judicial districts in Alabama that encompass 67 counties. However, certification requirements in Alabama are statewide and remain consistent across all local jurisdictions.

Call Legal Language Services at 1-800-788-0450 to find Alabama interpreters who meet state interpreting rules for courtroom trials, hearings, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings.

Please Note

The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information about legal interpreting guidelines in Alabama is believed to be accurate at the time of posting; however, Legal Language Services is not responsible for any errors or omissions.